142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Promoting the Dignity of parenting Youth: Digital Storytelling and Organizing as Tools to engage young parenting Latinas

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 : 9:30 AM - 9:42 AM

Karina Garcia, MA, BA , National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, New York, NY
Ann Marie Benitez, BA , National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Washington, DC
Aline Gubrium, PhD , Public Health, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
Often, the reproductive and sexual health issues that young people face are shaped by socioeconomic determinants and policies at the local level, including disparities in access to housing, education, food, and state-supported services as part of a local healthography that shapes their health and wellbeing.  The U.S. cultural and political landscape often presents young motherhood as a public health problem to be prevented or solved.  In this session, we discuss a current collaboration between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health to challenge cultural frameworks that stigmatize young motherhood and expand advocacy conversations beyond the federal level. The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health will share their work to shift policies from a prevention-only frame to resolve teen unintended pregnancies to a reproductive justice frame that includes a holistic approach focused on lived realities and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care for young Latinas.  Best practices discussed will include the formation of several Young Moms groups and the findings of a digital storytelling project to elevate and insert the voices of young mothers in the national rhetoric regarding young motherhood.  Panelists will also discuss how these practices create networks of support and empowerment for pregnant and parenting youth while building their leadership capacity.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Communication and informatics
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe young parenting Latinas’ participation in reproductive justice and advocacy efforts based on leadership development and support networks and new media approaches to shift public health conversations on parenting youth and the reproductive and sexual health of adolescents. Discuss key findings and best practices from a support/advocacy network involving young parenting Latinas based in New York City, facilitated by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Discuss key findings of a digital storytelling project conducted by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to support a new advocacy network of young parenting women based in Holyoke, MA. Identify best practices for strengthening community-academic partnerships in conducting this work.

Keyword(s): Youth, Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Ann Marie Benitez is the Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, where she oversees all government relations, policy advocacy and public affairs work. While serving as the Senior Manager of the Latino Initiative at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, she led the development of a curriculum for promotores de salud to deliver an evidence based teen pregnancy prevention program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.